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'Life Unexpected' Star Britt Robertson on Her Character's Future, the Mood On Set and Wrapping Up the Show

by Jean Bentley, posted Nov 30th 2010 2:00PM
Britt Robertson on 'Life Unexpected'When a network declines to pick up the second half of a television season, it's usually a sign that the show won't return for another year. Most people would probably throw in the towel -- but not the cast and crew of 'Life Unexpected.'

When star Britt Robertson spoke with TV Squad a couple of weeks ago, she said the bad news only made her work harder. "It's so easy to be like 'Alright, let's close up the shop,'" she said. "But there are so many people who love the show and are having such a great time on it that it's just made us fight harder to show The CW what they're missing out on."

In the final four episodes of season 2, Robertson's character, Lux, will continue her illicit relationship with her English teacher ("It's so wrong, but so good!" Robertson said, and it will unfold into "some pretty big situations.") and deal with the abusive foster family she lived with during middle school ("There are some pretty big storylines involving that.").

What's coming up next for Lux and Eric?
It unfolds slowly but surely and leads up to some pretty big situations.

Tasha keeps thanklessly supporting Lux -- when is she finally going to get fed up with it all?

it happens pretty soon. They have such a strong bond because of their past and everything they've been through together, so I think she's just sort of along for the ride and not really sure the right decisions in her eyes either. It's the two of them making mistakes as they go along and just supporting each other and hoping those decisions are correct.

It's interesting that Lux is so worried about not having a family, but her relationship with Tasha is very sisterly.
Totally. I think it's pretty obvious that Lux and Tasha, especially now with Tasha being a more present person in her life, you can see that through their childhood that they have definitely built a bond. They're each other's family for life, no matter what happens.

What's up with Lux and Cate's relationship?
I think up to this point they've sort of settled into their own and developed a pretty good mom/daughter relationship -- much different from last season. You can see the values that have been growing. But like a normal teenage rebellious kid, there's qualms and fights and arguments that will be coming into play as Lux goes on her journey of making mistakes. It happens. It's definitely become a more parental relationship as opposed to their sisterly bond that was last year.

'Life Unexpected'What episode are you shooting right now?
We're on our twelfth episode right now.

What's the mood on set now that you know 'Life Unexpected' didn't get a back nine order?
Surprisingly, it's really uplifting. I think it's made people want to work even harder, which is interesting because it's so easy to be like "Alright, let's close up the shop." But there are so many people who love the show and are having such a great time on it that it's just made us fight harder to show The CW what they're missing out on.

Are people hopeful that maybe you'll get good news in May?
It's a possibililty, and we're super hopeful. We feel like if we keep putting out great work, it's all we can do to further that situation. We're just doing what we can and hoping that the fans will support us and keep pushing.

Do the storylines get wrapped up just in case, or is it just going to be open-ended?
Liz has been pretty open about saying that the 13th episode will finalize the second season the way it should be finalized. There are some storylines that will wrap up, but it's open to further episodes, God willing. She did do a rewrite according to the news that we did get.

What do you want for Lux's future?
Ii just was reading the last few scripts -- I just hope that she learns how to settle into her own and be able to feel accepted by society and feel like she's normal, essentially, and feel like she's allowed to have a family that loves her and is allowed to have healthy relationships.

I loved the funny video you guys made to promote the show, are you doing any more?
Oh, our viral video? We're hoping to -- we had so much fun. Austin Basis, who plays Math, has written one that's pretty funny, and we're hoping to film that at some point. But we're just trying to focus on the episodes right now and just make sure that they're the most important thing right now.

Lastly, can you tell me anything about 'Scream 4'?
Well I've actually been sworn to secrecy on the 'Scream 4' situation, but I will tell you I play a girl in 'Scream.' My scenes are with Aimee Teegarden from 'Friday Night Lights.' I actually had a scene with a couple of other people as well but I can't really reveal that. What else can I say? It comes out in April, Wes Craven directed it and you should watch it.

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I cannot believe that CW tooked off Life Unexpected it is a great show and the cast is great!!!!!!!
I hate when they take a good show off TV!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

January 18 2011 at 10:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I initially enjoyed this show as I am a parent and a social worker and was curious how it would all evolve. The teached/student storyline is just plain disgusting. I have worked with plenty of abused/exploited teens and the damage done to them is often irreversible. This show is trying to make Eric a sympathetic character when he is actually a predator. As a teacher he is well aware of the trust placed in him and the illegality of his actions. Can't he find someone his own age? Of course Lux would be attracted to him as her self esteem is so low that she needs to feel worthy. He needs to lose his job and his license to teach as well as to have a visit with law enforcement authorities. The show also portrays Kate and Baze as totally clueless to this whiny, lying , manipulative girl. Her treatment of her friend Tasha is also so sad. Poor Tasha needs some major counseling to help her to see how Lux will keep throwing her under the bus if it means she can get away with something. I did enjoy how Baze finally stood up to his father last evening as that man is a total a$$. This show had so much potential but sadly had to resort to sensationalism rather than an evolving storyline about how Lux, Baze and Kate learned to adapt to and love each other.

December 01 2010 at 8:10 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The problem with Life Unexpected is that many of the early episodes were the same story over and over. Lux lashes out and blames Cate and Baze for not being there for her. Over and over. And more recently, Cate & Baze have been completely blind to what Lux has been doing. They believe everything she says and she gets away with her constant lies. And the teacher storyline is just too much. I had high hopes for the show, but it doesn't look good.

November 30 2010 at 4:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This show had such potential, and it was killed by the student/teacher relationship cliche storyline. I wish they'd gotten to her previous foster family earlier. That blew me away, and I'm so disappointed that we won't see that past develop more throughout multiple seasons.

November 30 2010 at 4:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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December 05 2010 at 6:48 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Ironically, I started watching Dawson's Creek's first season, which aired in 1998. It made me stop to think that this particular show went on to have 6 seasons and created some very huge stars out of actors that began on this fledgling series. It finally took hold and became a signature show for the then-WB. I really wish the CW would open their eyes and realize that this 'critically acclaimed' (is that a cuss word now a days) show has so much potential if it were marketed correctly. I have and still believe it could have become CW's signature show into the next decade. But, alas, like the usual TV biz - it will get skirted under the rug and we'll watch more skank TV.

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